A painter who also worked with constructions and found objects, Snowden combined the formal issues of surface, texture, and geometric shape with personal history, emotion, and intuition. The death of both of her parents in 1987 led her to produce a series of assemblages, of which “Monument” is the last, dedicated to their memory. Covered with encaustic, a waxy medium that suggests age, these works are charged with personal symbolism that turns them into a “repository of memories.”
Artist Gilda Snowden, American, 1954 - 2014
  • Monument
Date 1988
Medium encaustic on wood with objects
Dimensions Overall: 76 × 81 × 8 inches (193 × 205.7 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Chaim, Fanny, Louis, Benjamin, Anne and Florence Kaufman Memorial Trust
Accession Number 1990.300
Department African American Art
On View African American N290, Level 2 (see map)
1990-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)between 1950 and 1955